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Thursday, 19 December 2013
Malc Wheeler, Editor Classic Racer
In all my years in the sport, which included 30 starts in the Isle of Man, seven Manx Grands Prix and 23 TT races, with three TT podiums, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would become the TT Riders Association president

But I have, and I’m still floating after yesterday’s (November 27) luncheon. It was the 62nd TT Riders Association Annual Luncheon, held at the National Motorcycle Museum. The day starts for the incoming president with a ride in to the banqueting hall on a machine of his choice. Obviously I chose my, very noisy, 1984 Ducati TT2, on which I finished sixth in that year’s TT, and got a fantastic welcome, I expect as much for the terrific noise that the Ducati was making as anything.

When I sat down to write my acceptance address, which seemed to go down pretty well, I researched all of the 61 previous presidents and came up with an amazing set of facts. Jointly the names on that chain have 145 TT wins and 41 world championships. So you can understand my slight hesitation (a split second actually) before accepting.

The thrust of my speech was that this great honour was not just for me, it was for many of the people who have helped me along the way – sadly some whom are no longer with us. And what made the day so special was having several of those people in the audience.

This is the issue when Holly, Helen, Jane, Jayne and I thank you all for your support this year and wish you the very best seasonal wishes and a happy and healthy New Year. And, from me I send special good wishes to all my loyal, and brilliant, freelance team, and the backroom boys and girls at Mortons, who don’t often get a mention. I couldn’t do it without you.

Malc Wheeler, Editor

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